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Babin convicted in string of burglaries

Sentenced to 9 1/2 years in IDOC

Published: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 9:00 a.m. CST

A Peotone man has been convicted for a string of residential burglaries in Grundy and Kendall counties that took place in June.

According to a Kendall County State's Attorney's Office press release, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Brian A. Babin, 33, pleaded guilty to counts of residential burglary and attempted residential burglary and was convicted on both.

Babin was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the residential burglary count, to be served concurrently with a seven-year sentence for the attempted residential burglary.

According to Grundy County Circuit Court records, the next day, Babin was convicted in Grundy County of a count of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, for a June 6 burglary of a home on the 7000 block of N. Ashley Road in Morris.

He was sentenced to 9 1/2 in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the case, which will be served concurrently with the Kendall County cases. He was given credit for 178 days served in the Grundy County Jail.

In addition to the sentence, in Grundy County Babin has been ordered to pay $465 in fees and costs and over $450 in restitution.

Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis described Babin as a one-man burglary ring, breaking into homes in the two counties.

According to prior reports, Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti said a number of local law enforcement agencies conducted surveillance of Babin, watching him target dozens of homes before observing him commit three burglaries.

According to the release, Babin, on June 5, attempted to enter a home in Sandwich. He removed a screen and opened a window, attempting to enter, however, no items were reported as missing.

The next day, Babin was observed at a residence on Sherrill Road in Minooka. After officers learned he had entered a home and taken jewelry and cash, he was arrested later at the Ashley Road residence. Law enforcement officials searched his vehicle and found the jewelry and other items that were identified by the victims.

Weis commended the coordinated efforts of the Kendall County and Grundy County Sheriff's Offices, as well as Assistant State's Attorney Robert Dore.

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